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2018 Mazda CX-5 Akera (4x4) review

A recent phone call from my local Mazda dealer got me thinking. I answered the phone call and the salesman on the other end said "we've noticed your car is due in for a service on Thursday, would you consider trading it in?". Now, I've always loved the idea of upgrading my cars fairly regularly to stay up to date with all the latest technology and features that they have to offer, however, my honest answer was, "No"...

2018 Mazda 3 SP25 review

I posted a review on this car when we purchased it two years ago, and because it has now made its way to the used car yard for our next purchase, I thought it was time to give a run down on ownership. The SP25 covered just under 20,000km in its time with us, so it did not have high mileage...

2007 Mazda 6 MPS review

I've been reading these Owner Reviews for quite some time and have always been meaning to contribute, so here goes with a blast from my past. It was the mid-2000s, and I was looking for a practical 4-door performance sedan that was a little bit more grown up than a WRX. Top of my list was a Subaru Liberty GT Spec B, as I loved Subies and it ticked all the boxes...

2019 Mazda CX-3 Maxx Sport (FWD) review - the loaner

We’re happy to report the findings of a question that our household has had about the CX-3 for some time, and it's something that others may find useful too. Could a Mazda CX-3 fit either our large or medium Samsonite hard-shell suitcases? Could it even fit both at the same time? We have been interested in the Mazda CX-3 for a while now, especially with myself being a bit of a fan of Mazda vehicles...

2017 Mazda 2 Genki review

The Mazda 2 caught my eye after I had seen its 2017 mild update. Several months later, the little pocket rocket has been in my family for about a year and a half now. It's endured many experiences in that time and has revealed the good and the not-so-good things about it. My Mum and I decided to choose the Genki for its suitable interior trim and the features offered...

2007 Mazda MX-5 Touring LE review

The NC MX-5 had been my dream car since my dad had an RC. I had accidentally sold my Micra thinking I'd get into a cheap 1998-2003 CLK, but when I found that car was boring to drive and the Micra had already been sold, I panicked, doubled my budget and bought the cheapest MX-5 I could see online. It took me five seconds of driving the MX-5 to make the decision...

2012 Mazda 3 SP25 review

I was looking for a smallish car around the $15k mark, either brand new or second hand. After many months I chose a MY13 Mazda 3 SP25 Auto Hatchback, finished in Sky Blue. It's a great little car, and it gives a lot for the money - I ended up paying $15,000 for it. First impressions are that it's very much a tourer rather than a city car...

2007 Mazda MX-5 Touring LE review

I wanted a coupe/convertible and was about to spend $40k on a 2007 BMW Z4 3.2-litre with low kilometres. I'd test driven a Z4, but as I'd owned a 1989 MX-5 brand new, and had liked it, I saw a 2007 MX-5 in a mate's car yard and took it for a spin. It has a 2-litre, 6-speed drivetrain, with a limited slip diff, Bose stereo, full leather upholstery, and reasonable boot space - considering the retractable roof...

2006 Mazda 6 MPS review

I bought this car in 2006 as an ex-demonstrator, and still to this day most people I talk with about my car have no idea what an MPS brings to the table that the standard variants don't have. Let me tell you it's more than just a badge or luxury level. Under the bonnet, the Mazda 6 MPS is powered by a turbocharged 2...

2016 Mazda BT-50 XTR (4x4) review

I've owned the BT since late 2016. I bought the car as I wanted a vehicle that I could utilize for daily driving, picking up the kids from school, towing, camping and for going out bush for four-wheel driving. I was originally in the market for a Ford Ranger XLT, however I opted for the not-so-good-looking sister - the BT-50 - on the basis that it was $8000 cheaper and also down to the fact I have a good relationship with my local Mazda dealership...

2013 Mazda 6 Atenza review

The 2013 Mazda 6 Atenza is a fantastic family-oriented sedan. But… you don’t need to have a family to drive one – I don’t! The Mazda 6 is jam-packed with Mazda’s first round of active safety features that keep our loved ones safe at all times. For a six-year-old car, the Mazda 6 still has some relatively competitive technology...